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Scuba Diving Yacht Charter Cruise Lake Malawi - 9 days

Scuba Diving Holiday - Lake Malawi - Liveaboard

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Scuba Diving Yacht Charter  Cruise Lake Malawi 

You are embarking on a journey of discovery. Explore the greatest fresh water dive destination on earth. Discover Lake Malawi - a giant aquarium and the jewel of Africa's Great Rift Valley!

This beautiful lake contains close to one thousand species of freshwater fish – more than in Europe and North America combined and has been selected by Diver Magazine as one of the Top 10 ‘must see must dive’ destinations in the world!  
You will journey on a luxury yacht, from one African bush covered island to another and surrounded by an Inland Sea experience one of the worlds unique diving destinations.  

Lake Malawi National Park– World Heritage Site - Scuba Diving Holiday - Lake Malawi - Liveaboard

Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world is 560km long, 80km wide and 700m deep. Located at the southern end is Lake Malawi National Park and World Heritage Site. The National Park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all are endemic and its importance for the study of evolution is comparable to that of the Galapagos Islands.

Infact the biodiversity of this beautiful lake is astonishing with close to one thousand species of freshwater fish – more than are found in Europe and North America, combined!

Water temperatures are warm and visibility is aquarium-like. Awesome swim-through’s, gigantic overhangs, mysterious dark entrances that beg to be explored, waving tendrils of aquatic plants, white sands and the attendant swarms of riotously coloured fish await.

Add in fish-eagles wheeling overhead, two species of otters and the possibility of hippos and crocodiles throw in (although they are rarely, if ever, seen around the islands in the National Park) then you have a truly different diving experience. It is no wonder that Lake Malawi has been selected byDiver Magazine UK as one of the Top 10 ‘must see must dive’ destinations in the world!

Itinerary in brief

Full board, crewed yacht charter.  Snorkeling, fishing, diving

  • Day 1 Depart Johannesburg with Air Malawi, and arrive in Lilongwe.  Road transfer to Senga Bay, and yacht transfer from Senga Bay to Danforth Yachting luxury lodge.  Dinner and overnight at lodge.
  • Day 2 After breakfast, load the yacht and set sail across to Grant’s bay on the Eastern shores of the lake, just south of the Mozambique border.  Good fishing, lovely diving and snorkeling.  Enjoy a lavish beach braai on the clean, swept beach.  Overnight on “Mufasa” at anchor in the shelter of Grant’s bay.
  • Day 3 Spend most of the day in the Grants Bay vicinity.  Take a nature walk and enjoy the spectacular views out over the lake, swim, dive, go fishing.  After lunch, up anchor and head north for Likoma Island.  Dinner and overnight on “Mufasa” whilst sailing north through the night.  
  • Day 4 Arrive at Likoma Island early in the morning.  Explore the western side of the island.  Visit the magnificent cathederal and take a walk through the cobbled market square.  Clear Malawian immigration for your visit the next day into Mozambique (passports required, but no visa requirement)  Overnight at anchor in the shelter of a bay.
  • Day 5 Sail across to Cobue.  Clear immigration into Mozambique.  Go to Mchenga Nkwichi (translated means “the sand that squeaks”) a bush resort which is part of the Manda wilderness project.  Have a walk in the forest, a canoe ride to the waterfall and enjoy the unique setting of this beautiful, secluded spot.  Dinner and overnight on board “Mufasa”.
  • Day 6 Sail back to Likoma Island and drop anchor on the eastern side of the island. Diving in the afternoon.  Stop off at Kaya Mawa (which means “maybe tomorrow”)  Dinner and overnight at Kaya Mawa in a romantic stone cottage.  An unforgettable experience.
  • Day 7 Breakfast at Kaya Mawa.  Go on board “Mufasa” and set sail south back to Cape Maclear. Read, relax, learn to play the traditional Malawi board game “bawu”.  Overnight on board whilst sailing.  
  • Day 8 Arrive at Danforth Yachting lodge early in the morning.  Go on shore.  Freshen up and get your land legs back!  Take a walk or cycle into Chembe, a traditional Malawian village, for some curio shopping.  Enjoy a game of pool, darts or table tennis.  Relax!  Dinner and overnight at lodge.
  • Day 9 Depart after breakfast.  Road or boat transfer to the airport, or to your next destination.

Spend 8 magical nights on Lake Malawi, exploring the shore line and exotic islands, from the comfort and luxury of our 10 berth, live-aboard catamaran yacht. Professional crew, excellent cuisine and breathtaking scenery make this an unforgettable fresh water sailing and diving experience.

  • Whole Yacht with crew
  • Full board, 3 delicious meals each day, Bottomless cups of tea and coffee.
  • Non-motorized water sports and activities. Kayaking, Sailing, Snorkeling, Fishing Filtered drinking water.
  • Complimentary bathroom supplies
  • Laundry service

    • National Park fees, where applicable.
    • Motorized watersports and activities. Rates on request.
    • Scuba diving. Available on site. Danforth is a PADI registered resort
    • Wine, beer, minerals and spirits.
    • Items of a personal nature.
    • Staff gratuities

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    8 nights Cruise
    $2,500.00 - per person sharing
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    Valid for 2019

    key features
    • 9 day Dive Cruise
    • Lake Malawi
    • Full board,
    • Inclusive of all meals, snacks, tea and coffee,
    • All water sports and all facilities and activities.

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    Telephone +27 82 780 3931
    Email info@divewild.com

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